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Broncos win in Schott Stadium debut

Schott Stadium
Stephen Schott throws out the ceremonial first pitch in the new stadium.

The much-anticipated opening of the $8.6 million Stephen Schott Stadium took place in front of a sellout crowd of more than 1,500 on April 30. The Broncos gave the crowd its money’s worth with a 3-2 victory in 13 innings over the Gonzaga Bulldogs. A pregame ceremony honored the project’s major donors, including the facility’s namesake, Stephen Schott, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch. SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J. ’60, and Mark Ravizza, S.J., blessed the field before the game and former Bronco coaches Lou Lucas and John Oldham sprinkled dirt from Washington Park and Buck Shaw Stadium, the previous two homes for SCU baseball, around the pitcher’s mound.

Baseball team finishes third in WCC

The baseball team finished its season on a 10-6 run to finish third in the WCC West Division with an overall record of 28-28. Santa Clara’s season included impressive wins over nationally -ranked Washington and Stanford. Senior pitcher Anthony Rea and junior shortstop Kevin Drever were named the All-WCC first team. Drever led the Broncos with a .327 batting average and two triples as well as being in the team’s top five in hits, doubles, and on-base percentage. Juniors Eric Newton and Kris Watts earned honorable mention all-league honors from the WCC coaches.

Five players earn all-league softball honors

The Santa Clara softball team, under first-year head coach Jaime Forman-Lau, finished its season with a 26-31 record, and a 9-11 mark in Pacific Coast Softball Conference action. The Broncos’ schedule included games against seven nationally-ranked opponents, including defending national champion UCLA. In that March 6 contest, the Broncos led 5-4 late in the game before falling to the Bruins, 6-5. Senior outfielder Jessica Clee and second baseman Jenny Brown earned all-PCSC second-team honors while Liz Courter, Shannon Linerud, and Daisy Mettlach earned honorable mention recognition.

Santa Clara honored as WCC’s best

After a successful season in which 11 of the 13 Bronco sports teams that compete in the West Coast Conference finished in the top half of the league standings, Santa Clara swept the WCC’s postseason all-sports awards. SCU was awarded the WCC Commissioner’s Cup as the league’s top all-around athletic program with a total of 66 points, finishing 4.5 points ahead of Second-place University of San Diego and nine in front of Pepperdine University. In addition, SCU earned the conference’s men’s and women’s all-sports awards. The Commissioner’s Cup is determined by a points-based system that awards teams based on their finish in the WCC’s regular-season standings.

Tasaki named National Scholar-Athlete

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association honored Katie Tasaki of women’s crew as a 2005 National Scholar Athlete. She was among 25 recipients of the award from the Western Region and one of only nine WCC student-athletes to be chosen.

The award recognizes second-, third-, and fourth-year student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher while also competing in at least 75 percent of her team’s races during the 2005 spring season.

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